Newcastle Will Go All Out To Win Arsenal Game – Good

Chris Hughton has decided the team needs to go all out for a win against Arsenal – something Newcastle fans have been assuming all along.


Chris Hughton – we have to go for the win

 Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:

“We have to go for the win,” “If that sees us get a draw, it’s a better philosophy than going for a draw and getting less than that. The one to deal with is the next game.”

“We have to approach it the way we did our last home game, an evening game against a similar quality of opposition in Manchester United. We have to approach it that way.”

Chris says we have to go for the win – as though it’s something we wouldn’t normally do. We shouldn’t just be going for the win because we’re 3rd bottom.

We should have been trying to win every home game this season, and in fact every single game for that matter. Kevin Keegan always did that, and quotes from Joe Kinnear suggest he puts a plan in place for every game on how to get the 3 points, but maybe we’re being too picky on Chris.

Wins are what gets the points these days, not draws – and you can theoretically go unbeaten for the season, end up with 38 draws and points, and be relegated. So unbeaten runs don’t mean too much nowadays – but winning streaks certainly do.

Hughton continued:

“The nature of games at any club is you have to generate the support,” argued Hughton, whose team have drawn 11 Premier League games this season, more than anyone else.”

“We have a fantastic support that turn up in their numbers and get behind us.” “We can’t expect them to cheer every ball if we’re not doing enough to motivate them.”

“So we have to put in a performance that will lift this crowd.”

Good words from Chris, and of course the player who is really making Arsenal tick is newly signed Russian international Andrei Arshavin, who Newcastle could have signed in January, 2008 for £8M.

That’s before the European finals last year, in which he had some outstanding games, of course, but maybe the less we say about that, the better.

The defense will need to be at their very best tomorrow, since Arsenal are starting to score goals again, and we don’t want to give any stupid goals away, like we did against Manchester United which cost us a point, not in the situation we find ourselves.

Hughton continued:

“There are different ways of being very positive in your approach to a game,”

“What you can’t afford to do is go gung-ho against this type of opposition, because they’re too good, and they can pick you off.”

“But within the game-plan our attitude has to be to win the game.”

When the Newcastle side allows itself to be beaten by mediocre teams like Bolton, Fulham, Hull, Wigan and Blackburn – this is the position the team will find itself in, and based on the results of course, it’s exactly where we deserve to be – joint 3rd bottom – and just 9 games to save ourselves.

We have to hope for a win on Saturday, and that will lift the mood on Tyneside, and give the lads terrific confidence for the remaining games.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Mar 20, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t believe him!

  • geordie jock

    Mar 20, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    We should have been going for a win in all games not just now, that is why we are in the position we find ourselves in, because we played not to get beat. It is definitely time for Hughton and the players to just shut up because i for one do not believe one word they say.

  • hitman

    Mar 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    with CH and JFK tactics were bount too get a win

  • Prince Bassong

    Mar 20, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m getting an odd sense of deja vu.

  • dougnufc

    Mar 20, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah but we will still lose

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Dougnufc –

    Have faith my friend – you never know we might just pull this one out the bag.

    I think Ive been saying that all year actually and god knows how I still got any left (faith)


  • Amirshearer

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Hmm…having faith has brought us 3rd bottom. Haha. Oh well, buck up now or buckle under and get relegated. Come on Toon! Heroes are needed in times like these. Where are they?!

    Let’s gun down the gunners this Saturday.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Hitman – long time no see mate.

    Good link – sums up alot doesnt it.

    The Championships biggest team eh?

    I have no doubt that I will be kacking my pants (not literally) tomorrow and the walk down barrack road from the BBC will be long – lets hope the walk back to the car isnt!!

    Beye – you trying to kill Gazza off and get him back on the booze like 🙂

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    We’ve got the squad to do it, that’s for sure. Arsenal have shown weaknesses all over the place this year, and they have been very inconsistent. What I don’t think they can handle is the likes of Jonas, Loverboy, Owen and Martins going at them for 90 minutes. We will score, I’m convinced of it.

    I know it’s a cliche, but the SJP crowd intimidating the living brown stuff out of them will be important. We need total, loud and UNCONDITIONAL support. When a player mis-passes or skies a shot, they need encouragement, not 50,000 geordies on their backs.

    Get in that stadium, bring your strepsils, and sing till you cough up your own larynx!!

  • Mag 48

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Now your saying it Ed we’ve got to out hoping to win
    No we have’nt we’ve got to go out WANTING!! to win
    There is a big difference.
    Come on get a grip!!!

  • komfort

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #13

    whupie , what arsenal cant handle is a physical game with an intimidating crowd…serve this up and we’ve got a chance !

  • Ericles

    Mar 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #14

    We have got to win! But for all of his talk will Hughton pick a team that can win? With virtually a full squad to choose from are we still going to have the “forgetables” playing – Butt, Smith etc? We need Barton and Guthrie and Beye!!!

  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Ericles – Barton’s crocked, Beye is just back from a very long lay-off, and Butt is the only midfielder who knows how to stop teams like Arsenal. I know he’s old and his legs will go by half-time, but I think he should start.

    I’m hoping Hughton will go with something like this:

    Beye – Colo – Bassong – Enrique
    Krands – Butt – Nolan – Jonas
    ——- Owen – Martins

    Not the most exciting line-up, but I think it should do the trick. Then you’ve got the Taylors, Duff (is he fit?), Carroll and Lua Lua to bring on to mix things up a bit.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m getting an odd sense of deja vu.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #17

    I’m getting an odd sense of deja vu again.

  • Sav

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #18

    Just our luck to have options at the very time Chris and Colin are in charge.
    Its just adding to the confusion.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #19

    We will go out to win like we did against Hull and Bolton.

    Dreading this match.

  • Ericles

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Yes Whumpie. Barton is supposedly available for last 5 games. Still would put Guthrie in for Butt though.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Whumpie – Team looks ok to me – I really dont think he will start Beye. Nagging doubt in the back of my mind – then again – he started MO – however taylor did score – so Hughton will have to bear that in mind.

    Would a 5 man mid not suit against arsenal by dropping owen back and using Martins as target man?

  • Shanghaitoon

    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m tired of all this talking from players and coaches then no action… 3 points in the bag is the only thing I want to hear about…


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